Gorodi/Braysher Quartet

Miguel co-leads this band with alto saxophonist Sam Braysher. David Ingamells (drums) and Tom Farmer (double bass) complete the quartet. The band plays contrafacts (original melodies composed over the structure and harmony of jazz standards) by members of the band, as well as Lennie Tristano, Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz amongst others. Both Sam and Miguel have been influenced by the linear approach to improvising that these musicians are celebrated for. In this approach, the development of the improvised melodic line is given such importance that it often supersedes the harmonic structure of the song. The aim is to create more adventurous melodic lines with harmonic surprises.
This band is occasionally expanded to feature British jazz legend Pete Hurt on tenor saxophone.